Our complementary therapy service continues to provide morning and afternoon sessions at our outpatient clinic, Monday to Friday. The sessions are for community patients and carers, with all referrals being made to our service through a member of the St Columba’s Hospice Care team.
Our virtual service will continue to support patients and families in the community. Where chosen therapies can be delivered virtually in the comfort of your own home, we will continue to deliver your sessions in this way.
Our inpatients will continue to be able to choose from a range of sessions in the comfort of their own rooms. This service is available Monday to Friday, 10am - 4pm.
For more information about the therapies, please see below.
We are delighted to have our Therapet service seeing patients again.
We are currently recruiting for volunteer complementary therapists to join our team this year. To find out more, please click here.
Thank you all for your continued support of our service.
We offer a range of complementary therapies to inpatients and outpatients in safe and comfortable surroundings at our Hospice including: Massage, Reflexology, Aromatherapy and Reiki.
Given alongside conventional medical treatments, these complementary therapies can promote a sense of well-being and relaxation.Find out more about available therapies
Our virtual sessions have received positive feedback from those who have used the service. We tailor your session around your preferences, to include what you feel like on the day of your appointment.
Your session can include a guided meditation, some muscle relaxation techniques or a more practical session including hand reflexology techniques and gentle acupressure that you can do by yourself.
You can also include a family member in your session and they can learn some of these techniques too and then be able to this for you!
Following an adaptation of current therapies we offer, and the introduction of others, here are the virtual therapies that are currently available
If you have a virtual consultation booked, you will be asked to join a secure video call using an NHS system called Attend Anywhere/ Near Me. You will be contacted beforehand by Lisa or a member of our complementary therapies team with details of your consultation start time and other information about your session.
Ahead of your consultation, please click on the link below. This will take you directly to the system. If you click on "Start video call" you will enter a virtual waiting room and your therapist will join you when your session is ready to commence. Please don't worry, its very straight-forward and secure... and a great way to enjoy therapies from home.Access your virtual session here
We are so happy to see our fabulous Therapets and their lovely owners back at the Hospice! A big thank you to them all for returning to spread joy and furry goodness, after a long break due to the pandemic.
Sadly the lovely Cedric has died and he will be greatly missed. Cedric's best buddy Gus, pictured top right together, will now be coming to see us and we look forward to welcoming him.
Our team of awesome pets are:
Brodie & Skye, Golden Retrievers - Monday weekly
Molly, Black Cockapoo - Tuesday fortnightly
Maddie & Morgan, Spaniels - Wednesday fortnightly
Brodie, Cavapoo - Wednesday fortnightly
Quincey, Labrador - Thursday fortnightly
Gus, Terrier - Friday weekly
Marie Duggan is a practitioner and training provider offering Complementary Therapies in Cancer Care CPD eLearning for Massage, Reflexology and Reiki. She recognised that some therapists taking part in eLearning would welcome the opportunity to gain clinical practice within cancer care and palliative care settings. St Columba's was delighted to partner with Marie to offer a placement to Alison Hughes. You can read about Alison's clinical practice placement here: https://www.cnhc.org.uk/accessible-clinical-practice
We are thrilled that Alison's placement with us led to her joining the team as our Volunteer Complementary Therapist.
To read more about Marie's work, go to Butterfly Touch Therapies - https://butterflytouchtherapiestraining.com/